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    Pieter Saenredam

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    Johannes Vermeer


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    Pyke Koch

    Museum More

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    Joop Moesman

    Centraal Museum

Below I list four realistic painters who I admire and are a source of inspiration to me:

1. Pieter Saenredam

In 1636 Pieter Saenredam lived and worked in Utrecht during 20 weeks. It was the most intense and productive period in his career. Because he dated his drawing sheets carefully, we can follow his foot steps within a radius of 10 minutes by foot. The first sheet dates June 18, 1636 and the last October 23. He spent five weeks in St. Mary church (Mariakerk). He worked on drawings of the Neighbor church (Buurkerk) and St. Jacob church (Jacobikerk) until August 16. After he finished there, he alternately worked in the Dom Church, St. Catharine church (Catharijnekerk), St. Peter church (Pieterskerk) and the St. John church (Janskerk). When Saenredam left Utrecht he had material for paintings of the four chapter churches, the Knight of St. John of Jerusalem church (Johannieterkerk) and two out of four parish churches.

He was the first who established existing buildings as preciseer as possible. Not by representing architecture as similar possible to the eye, but by creating a correct display based on precise measurements and perspective constructions. He made - as it were - true portraits of the buildings. He distinguished himself from his predecessors and contemporaties. His drawings on the spot were the basis for his paintings.

We think that Saenredam came to Utrecht to record Mariakerk, which was threatened with demolishment. That he stayed longer had possibly to do with a plague epidemic. The death toll reached iets peak in Utrecht in the second half of August 1636, when aproximately 250 people died per week. Half oktober the toll reduced to 50 %. In Haarlem the death toll remained at the same high level from August until the end of October. Shortly after October 23, when the death toll reduced to 50 %,  Saenredam went home to Haarlem. It is wry but true: his lockdown in Utrecht resulted in the most beautiful architecture drawings and paintings of the Golden Century.

Source: Centraal Museum Utrecht

Note. I dedicated a tribute series to Pieter Saenredam, see drawings 11, 12, 28, 34, 35, 56 and 79.


2. Johannes Vermeer

Nowadays Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675) is one of the most famous Dutch printers of the 17th century, but he was hardly of significante for a long time. The work that he is now known for, was dedicated to others for a long time. He was only rediscovered in the 70s of the 19th century. Since then 35 paintings are recognized as 'Vermeers'.

Johannes was the son of a silk worker and has always lived and worked in Delft. He was active in art trade just as his father. He was possibly a student of fellow citizen  Carel Fabritius. Vermeer enlisted into the painters guild in 1653; he led the guild several years. Vermeers early history works show the influence of the caravaggists from Utrecht. Later work exists of interiors with one or more people, mostly women. Intimate genre works, in which the main character devotes itself to an everyday occupation, mostly near a window that allows daylight to come in. Vermeer could display lighting on objects like no other. The Rijksmuseum owns three of his domestic scenes and one city view: the world famous Street. 

Source: Rijksmuseum

3. Pyke Koch

Pyke Koch (1901-1991) looked more like an aristocrat than an artist. His work was considered shocking, when Koch occupied the art world around 1930 seemingly from nowhere. Koch started to paint late, after an abandoned study of law, and appeared a wonderboy.

A gentleman of position, he liked that, found inspiration in German cinema, slum scenes and fair scenes. Koch turned seedy prostitutes into godesses from the gutter. There decline visible, but not less proud. His portraits are penetrating, ambiguous, somtimes rough. The spectator may guess about Freudian symbolism and gender of Kochs heroes. Are they women, men or transvestites?

Just like Willink he strived for technical perfection. He studies old Renaissance artists as Piero della Francesca in Italy. He was dangerously fascinated there in the years before the second worldwar by fascism. Hij lost this preference only near the end of the war and the `false smell’ stayed with him for a long time. Nevertheless it dit not damage his reputation as a great artist. With only 120 paintings Pyke Koch's work still belongs to the leaders of neorealism and 20th century figurative art. Contemporary, friend and poet Adriaan Roland Holst: ”Willink paints the world. Koch paints life”.

Source: Museum More

4. Joop Moesman

Johannes Hendrikus (Joop) Moesman (Utrecht, January 6, 1909 – Houten, Februari 3, 1988) was supervisor draftsman for the Dutch Railroads, surrealistc painter, criticaster of culture policy and designer of calligraphy. He designed the font Petronius.

His father, Johannes Anthonius Moesman, was draftsman, lithographer, litographer and amateur photographer. The lithograph was established at Neude 7 in Utrecht, where Joop Moesman was born (nowadays entrance of hostel Stayokay).

Autodidact Moesman found in Gallery Nord - of surrealist Willem Wagenaar established in the Vinkenburg street (Vinkenburgstraat), at a stone throw from where Moesman was born,op een steenworp afstand van Moesmans geboortehuis - a French magazine in which he discoveren pictures of surrealistic painters. He got fascinatie by this new trend and started to work in a comparable style. He became the most important surrealistic painter in the Nederlands. His possibly most well known work is the painting the Rumor (Gerucht). Moesman's work got some international recognition in the 1960s through the efforts of Her de Vries, who showed reproductions to the frontman of surrealists in Paris, André Breton. Breton decided to show Moesman's work on the International surrealistic exhibition in Milaan. He founded the Utrecht art society The Lice (De Luis) with Dirkje Kuik and Henc van Maarseveen.

Moesman was (also) married with portret painter Erika Visser.

Source: Wikipedia 

Love for the Domstad (Utrecht), architecture, photography and computers come together in my realistic work.


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